Penang- George Town
I’m back to share with you how I planned my trip to Penang and of course the “MUST-HAVE” food in Penang! I’ve always heard of how Penang is a food heaven to people who live by the “live to eat” philosophy. So I was super excited to plan a 4 days and 3 nights trip to Penang to check this out!
There are many different ways to get to Penang, you can take a bus, train, car or by the airplane, of course I chose the airplane. Ain’t nobody got time to sit so long just to get to my destination. For such short distance trip, I would usually use Skyscanner and google flights to compare the price of different flights because sometimes skyscanner may not have all the flights compared. In Singapore, after flying with the different budget airlines like Tigerair, Scoot, Jetstar, I would say that they are quite identical, maybe just a slight difference in the kind of service you receive. But as for leg room and seats, they are just the same. So SQ (although they are super awesome), they are out of the question for a cash-strapped student.
So I booked AirAsia and it costs me like $47 for round tickets! (btw I flew in June) It took me only 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach there.
I stayed at David relative’s place which is in Georgetown, the center of all the hype. But nonetheless, even if I were to go alone, I checked that the hostel in Georgetown is only $22 SGD for 3 nights from bookings.com (WITH FREE BREAKFAST).
1. Penang Asam Laksa (3.5-4RM)
Kim’s Laksa @ Balik Pulau
2. Char Kway Teow (RM4-5.50)
Jalan Siam’s Char Kway Teow
4. Kway Chap
5. Nasi Kandar (Unofficial food mascot of Penang)
The gravy is the besttttttt.
Places to go
1. Chew Jetty
2. Street Art
This is a link that can show you where all the murals are: www.tourismpenang.net.my/pdf/street–art-brochure.pdf
But if you were to rent a bicycle like me(~Rm 8-10), the shop would give you a physical map that would tell you where to head to for these murals! Tip: Go in the early morning to avoid the queue and THE SUNNNNN!!!
3. Penang Peranakan Mansion
(RM 20 for adults, free for children below 6 years old)
4. Snake Temple (free)
But I paid RM 40 to take 2 shots and they would give you a photo frame for it.
I look okay on the outside but deep inside I was FREAKING OUT. So anyway, I took these pictures for me to remember this trip…
It took me a longgggg while to get the shot above. The pictures below were taken before the above shot.
Photo 1: Bear with it girl… smile…
Photo 2: The snake could sense my nervousness, so his head tilted and is trying to grip David tighter
Photo 3: The snake’s tail went below my arm!!! I’m gone…
The snake keepers kept ensuring me that the snake is kind, and he wouldn’t bite/ his bite wouldn’t kill because they had took out the venom in them. And the snake only feed on cooked meat!? Still, it was a pretty unique experience!
5. Penang Botanical Garden
A variety of plants here.
Look at the cute mini cacti of different colours!
And I managed to see monkeys at such a near distance!
Hope you enjoyed this cash-strapped student’s guide to Penang and share with m your travelling experience to Penang!
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